The Nordic nation of Iceland has endless natural beauty to offer. Its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, streaming waterfalls, hot springs and lava fields are magnificent. Iceland’s nature has inspired and influenced people for years.

Due to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys temperate maritime climate with refreshing summers and mild winter temperatures. But the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and will vary depending on the time of year you visit. Figuring out what to pack for a week in Iceland may be daunting, especially if your luggage is limited due to a budget airline.

Use my packing tips below and revise as needed based on the weather and season, when you’re planning your trip to Iceland!

What to Pack for Iceland

 

Trip Details

Travel Dates: August

Season: Late Summer

Weather: Late Summer is a great time to visit Iceland because tourist season is coming to an end and the temperatures are still warm. Iceland experiences frequent and abrupt shifts in weather where you may experience four seasons in a day.

Necessities

1. Versatile Bag It is an absolute necessity. This bag is extremely good quality and has stood the test of time. It’s also nice to have a bag that can carry and protect your laptop.

2. Knit Cap Depending on the time of the year you may or may not need this. Pack 1 just to be safe.

3. Gloves Bring a good pair. For summer time a lighter pair will do the trick.

4. Wool Socks Trust me on this, heavy wool socks are great to have. They will keep your feet dry and warm in the nights. These were a life saver on my trip. 

5. Sunglasses Iceland receives continuous daylight for two-three months in the summer. Having a quality pair of sunglasses helps guarantee you don’t miss any incredible sights!

What to Pack for Iceland

Layers

6. Long Sleeve Shirts Layering is the best way to stay comfortable in Iceland. Pack several long sleeves to wear throughout the day and night.

7. Thermal Shirt Thermals are essential to survive the Icelandic weather. Whether you use them to sleep in or for hiking.

8. Thermal Pants As stated above these will come in handy for your trip and are worth the packing space.

9. Diablo Sweatshirt This sweatshirt went through the ringer on this trip but is a piece I believe in. My friend, Kasey Montazeri has been working hard to develop a collection of designers, musicians, photographers, and more that work together to grow their own craft known as Diablo Conglomerate. Their streetwear clothing aims to break down societal norms and bring together high fashion and casual wear. Make sure to click the link and check it out!

What to Pack for Iceland

Outerwear

10. Durable Softshell Coat  Even though its summer, it will be cold. This jacket will keep you warm and windchill free beneath its windproof exterior and comfortable fleece backer. 

11. Packable Down My buddies brought packable down jackets and they were a smart choice. They roll up and take up little space but offer a lot of warmth.

12. Rain Jacket This is a must because you will get wet! It will allow you to get up close and personal with all the waterfalls in Iceland!

What to Pack for Iceland

Pants

13. Swimsuit You’ll want to bring at least 1-2 swimsuits to take a dip in any of the geothermal pools scattered throughout Iceland.

14. Warm Joggers These are great to have for long travel days and to keep warm at night.

15. Dark Denim Jeans Great go to pants and a classic look.

Shoes

What to Pack for Iceland

16. Waterproof Boots If you’re only going to bring one pair of boots, make sure they are good quality and are waterproof. These boots were a last minute purchase for me and I couldn’t have survived without them.